In my last post, I was telling you of my belated New Year's resolution to complete all my UFOs (unfinished Objects). However, I only got about half way through the list last time before I decided the post was getting epically long. So here is Part 2: the rest of them.
Jean Greenhowe Teddy. Another almost finished project. This was born from a skein of beautiful hand dyed merino I bought at a craft show. I love the wool and he is just the right level of fuzziness and squishy-ness. But I can't get his face right. He is supposed to have knitted nose and no mouth (see pattern picture below). I have done this but then removed it cos it just wasn't right... Also his back seam is off centre (which makes me cranky).
|From Jean Greenhowe's Christmas Special, Reindeer and Polar Bear|
Tropical Bird. My Mum gave my kids a Women's Weekly Book called "Knit a Square: Make a Toy". This is a combined effort from a few people knitting the squares. It's all done - just needs sewing up now. (Is anyone getting the impression this is my least favourite part of knitting toys?) This one is for sale or gifting.
|This is what It should look like when I assemble it.|
Prudence Mapstone Scrumble Handbag. It's been a bit of a tradition for the last 15 years or so that I go to a Craft Show for my birthday with my Mum and littlest sister and then they buy me something crafty I love as my birthday present. We used to have the Stitches and Craft Show on around mid March at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. However, it disappeared from this venue a few years ago so this is a tradition I really missed this year. This bag is an unfinished birthday present project from about 4 or 5 years ago. My Mum bought me the book, my sister the plastic bag frame.
|Its going to be covered in flowers|
Prudence Mapstone and get to refine my skills at freeform knitting and crochet. Here's the little scrumble I did with my kit in class. I'm definitely re-inspired to finish this bag now. I'm not sure about the colour palette I'm using though.
I have this favourite dull golden khaki cardigan I bought a few years ago - a commercial one not a hand-knit. However, It is the most comfortable thing to wear and I love the swing and shape of it. Its one problem is that it has three quarter length sleeves limiting the times of year I can wear it. Then I found this cute 5ply baby yarn on sale in Summer at Spotlight. I bought what I thought was enough yarn to knit a long sleeved cardigan but didn't factor in the fact that it has a swirly lower edge strip and a wide collar.
So here's Plan B, I have some really disgusting brown coloured 5ply which appears to be nearly as old as I am in my stash so I'll knit the lower part in stripes. The brown tones nicely with the darkest part of the variegated yarn I was using. Then I should have enough to do the front edgings and collar in the original yarn.
AK Traditions Doll. This was a 40th birthday gift from my mum, my sister and my Aunty Carol. This is a kit for a doll from AK Traditions. I have been admiring AK traditions knitted doll kits for a long time. I love their modern twist on ethnic traditions and the quality of the materials they put in their kits. This is a dress-up-doll for grown-ups. As well as the doll, I have a number of different patterns to make her clothes, both knitted and sewn.
Granny wants a Latte Macchiato. Strictly speaking, this one is not a UFO. It is a WIP (the current Work In Progress). Its zooming along. I have a plan of a square a day. I don't necessarily make it every day but some days I get four or five done and that makes up for it. The current square count as of 17th March is
And I'm being a good girl and sewing in the ends as I go.
To keep me on track, I signed up for Pip Lincolne of Meet Me at Mikes' Granny a Day Challenge.
So this project is now linked on her page so I can get cheered on to victory (i.e. granny rug completion) by the rest of the challenge participants. Hey, a little bit of encouragement goes a long way.